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Pro Football Focus: Nuggets from the Rams Game

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Each week, Pro Football Focus takes a quick look back at each of the game's that took place in the previous week and analyzes them. Their review of the Browns vs. Rams game is now live. After the jump is a recap of some of the interesting things had to say, along with my own commentary.

  • It was finally a good game for rookie left guard Jason Pinkston, who was given his first positive grade of the season by PFF, particularly for his work as a run blocker. The site notes that for the Browns having lost the game, very few of their players came away with a negative rating.
  • Defensive tackle Phil Taylor had been slowly regressing in the sense that he wasn't having a significant impact on the outcome of a game. As Dick Jauron pointed out yesterday, that changed against the Rams, and PFF agreed.
    He picked up a hit, blowing inside Harvey Dahl with 11:04 left in the fourth and on the next drive sacked Bradford after getting outside Jacob Bell. Add in some usually solid work as a run defender and it felt like a very positive step to getting the rookie back on track.
  • Props were given to both Brandon Lloyd and Joe Haden for their one-on-one matchup, and in the end, PFF called it a draw, hoping for a rematch. If Lloyd stays with the Rams, it'll be a couple of years before those two go head-to-head again.
  • Fun fact: defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin played every single defensive snap. How is that for not getting a breather?